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Most of his messages from chapters 7-20 were delivered during the reign of Jehoiakim. King Josiah had led the nation in a reformation during which he restored the temple and removed idols from the land. In 609 he was wounded in battle near Megiddo and taken to Jerusalem where he died (II Chron. 35:20-27). Josiah’s son, Jehoahaz, reigned for three months but was dethroned by the King of Egypt and replaced by the kings brother Jehoiakim. During his reign he led the nation back into their idolatrous ways. The Jews didn’t actually abandon the temple ministry, they simply compromised and brought idolatry into the temple and made Jehovah one of the many gods they worshiped.
I must never compromise in my walk with the Lord by letting people and things become more important to me than in obeying the Lord.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.' "For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever."
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Jeremiah 4:1-18Judgment is Sure to Come
Jeremiah 4:19-31A Compassion For Those Who Are Lost and Backslidden
Jeremiah 5:1-13The Results of Refusing to Receive Correction
Jeremiah 5:14-31We Must Fear The Lord
Jeremiah 6:1-15Speaking to People Who Would Not Hear
Jeremiah 6:16-30Remembering Traditions
Jeremiah 7:1-7The Results of Compromise
Jeremiah 7:8-15Religious Ritual Doesn’t Change a Sinful Life Style
Jeremiah 7:16-20When Preaching Trumps Praying
Jeremiah 7:21-34Sacrifices Can be Meaningless
Jeremiah 8:1-12Refusing to Listen to God’s Direction
Jeremiah 8:13-22Response to a World Dying in Sin
Jeremiah 9:1-11Dealing With Deceit
Jeremiah 9:12-16Why Judgment Has to Come From God
Jeremiah 9:17-26No Substitute For a Pure Heat For God
Jeremiah 10:1-11The Fallacy of Worshiping Idols
Jeremiah 10:12-25Prayer Can Save a Nation